Studioenp: Silence or noise when writing?
Bailey Bradford: Silence, because I have severe ADD and any noise at all distracts me.
Studioenp: Oh, Em’s with you on that. Silence is golden. Bee-ay-ootiful! So, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. What’s your latest release?
Bailey Bradford: Calendar Men 3, Mr. March! I’m having so much fun with this series!
Studioenp: Oooh, sounds great. How did the plot come about for it?
Bailey Bradford: I am a pantser, so the plot comes out as I’m writing, with the characters taking lead. It’s an adventure I get to go on with them, and all the twists and turns are new to me as the story unfolds.
Studioenp: (Em: The best way to write!) How long did it take you to write it?
Bailey Bradford: Because of the severity of my ADD, I have to hyper-focus to get things like writing a book done. This means I usually write in long spells, over a period of a few days, and at times average 20k or so words in a sitting. It’s exhausting and difficult to do, but I will lose the story thread if I try to write slower.
Studioenp: Again, Em gets this. Stopping when everything is waiting there on your head feels…wrong. What’s next on your writing list?
Bailey Bradford: More Calendar Men books, one or two more Power series shorts, and I’ll be self-pubbing The Jasper Soul and Bowen’s Battle, both former blog stories, in the next month or so. Then there’s a twelve-book series I plan to start in June!
Studioenp: Series, love them. Especially yours. Em’s fave is about a shifter who loves doughnuts! One of the characters in the Leopard’s Spots series, isn’t it? Are you a plotter or panster?
Bailey Bradford: Total pantser unless there’s a story line that carries over in a series, then there’s a bit of plotting that has to be done.
Studioenp: What is your go-to form of procrastination?
Bailey Bradford: Reading, painting, Guitar Hero, or watching reruns of The Office. I mean, I have lots of procrastination tactics, lol!
Studioenp: Paul loves The Office, especially the US version. How many hours per week do you write?
Bailey Bradford: I write two instalments on the free blog story every week at baileysplayroom.blogspot.com, and that’s about four hours or so there. If I have a book due in, add another forty plus hours of writing for that, and on non-deadline weeks, it varies. I do a lot of writing for myself.
Studioenp: Full plate, then! What’s one genre you’ve always wanted to write but haven’t—and will you ever write it?
Bailey Bradford: I’ve always wanted to write a lot of other genres 😀 But I will tackle a mystery next, because my friend, Linda Nasuta, who passed away February 24th, encouraged me to do so, and I’ll do it in her honor.
Studioenp: Aww, that’s really lovely, and we’re so sorry for your loss. Hug. What’s the best book you’ve written?
Bailey Bradford: That changes from day to day, depending on my mood and memories. But here’s what I’m going with: The best book is the next one I write. And every book after that. I hope every book is better than the one before it.
Studioenp: Yes, that’s a good way of looking at it. Well, it’s been really great having you here, and we look forward to you coming back again sometime.
Now, dear readers, please snag a slice of bakewell tart or a chocolate muffin—two things to eat today because we went shopping last night, lucky you—and read Bailey’s excerpt. Enjoy!